The Legacy of Smita Patil: Redefining Acting in Bollywood

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Smita Patil

Smita Patil (17 October 1955 – 13 December 1986), was an Indian film actress. She appeared in several movies including films in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, and Kannada.

Life and Career

He was born on 17 October 1955, Pune, India. Her father Shivajirao Girdhar Patil was a politician of Maharashtra, and her mother Vidyatai Patil was a social worker. As a child, she was participated in dramas. She completed his early education from Renuka Swaroop Memorial School, Pune. After that, she joined Bombay University, to study Literature.

A student of Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India, she worked as a television newscaster in Doordarshan for a short while.

Her first film role was in the FTII student film ‘Teevra Madhyam’ by Arun Kophar. In 1975, Smita Patil debut movie was Charandas Chor. Her first leading role was in his other films, Manthan, in which she played a Harijan woman who leads the revolt of the milk co-operative. She became one of the leading actress of cinemas in India, which was considered as a new era of Indian Cinema. She appeared in several movies, and her most notable role include, Bhumika (1977), Jait Re Jait (1978), Aakrosh (1980), Chakra (1981), Namak Halaal (1982), Bazaar (1982), Umbartha (1982), Shakti (1982), Arth (1982), Ardh Satya (1983), Mandi (1983), Aaj Ki Awaaz (1984), Chidambaram (1985), Mirch Masala (1985), Amrit (1986) and Waaris (1988).


Apart from acting, she was an active feminist and a member of the Women’s Centre in Mumbai. She was deeply committed to the advancement of women’s issues and gave her endorsement to films which sought to explore the role of women in traditional Indian society, their sexuality, and the changes facing the middle-class woman in an urban environment.

He died on 13 December 1986, Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Due to childbirth complications.

Awards and Legacy

She won two National Film Awards for the Best actress in Bhumika 1977 and in Chakra 1980. She also won a Filmfare Award for Best actress in Chakra. In 1985, She received Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian award of India.

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